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Changes to Cervical Screening Age Range and Frequency of Screening:
You may be aware that in January of this year, the Welsh Government announced that there would be policy changes to the age of first invitation for cervical screening, and the frequency of screening in women aged 50-64 in Wales. This reflects the evidence that the new policy will result in fewer false positive smears (fewer repeat smears and colposcopy referrals) with no reduction in the effect on cervical cancer prevention.
The changes will be implemented on 1st September 2013.
1. Women born on or after 1st September 1993 will not be invited for screening until the age of at least 24 years and 6 months. All women should receive an invitation for screening before their 25th birthday.
2. Women aged 50 or over, on or after 1st september 2013 who have a smear taken where normal recall is recommended will be invited again after five years. if they are aged 60 or over when this smear is taken, they will be advised that they will no longer be invited for smears (as they would be 65 or over when their next smear was due).
3. Women currently under the age of 25 who have already been invited for screening by the implementation date will continue to be invited, therefore there will be some women who are under the age of 25 who will continue to be invited for screening for the next five years.
On the implementation date, the electronic call and recall systems used by CSW will change to the new policy. This means that some women who have their smear taken before 1st September 2013 but whose smear result is input onto the system after 1st September 2013 will be advised on their next recall date according to the new policy. It is anticipated that there will be a 'changeover' period and that smear takers may wish to refer any concerned women to their local CSW Administration Department (CSAD) if they wish any further advice.
Last updated: 20/09/2013